Secret Service Updates Code Of Conduct

Secret Service Imposes New Rules On Agents For Foreign Trips

By David Nakamura and and Ed O’Keefe

The U.S. Secret Service imposed new rules Friday aimed at tightening oversight of its employees on international trips in the wake of the Colombia prostitution scandal, banning staff from bringing foreigners into their hotel room, drinking alcohol within 10 hours of duty and visiting “non-reputable establishments.”

Senior management distributed the list of ten rules in a memo to employees, codifying what traditionally had been a largely unwritten code of conduct in the agency. The changes were deemed necessary after 12 agents and officers were implicated in a scandal that involved theavy drinking and payments to prostitutes in advance of President Obama’s visit to Cartagena, Colombia, two weeks ago.